Vincent A. Petrecca
Chief of Detectives
A native of Ocean County, Chief Vincent A. Petrecca graduated from Toms River High School South in 1986 and has served the citizens of Ocean County for three decades. In 1989, he graduated in the 53rd Class of the Ocean County Police Academy. Following his graduation, Chief Petrecca joined the Seaside Heights Police Department. He began his career with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994. From 1994 to 2003, Chief Petrecca served in the Grand Jury, Juvenile, Narcotics, and Trial units. In 2003, he was transferred to Special Investigations where he would rise in rank from Investigator to Sergeant in 2006, to Lieutenant in 2010, and to Captain in 2017.
While the Captain of Special Investigations, Chief Petrecca oversaw Economic Crimes, High-Tech Crimes, Megan’s Law, and Professional Standards/Corruption. Chief Petrecca also oversaw Senior and Bias Crimes, Electronic Surveillance, and background checks on new hires. Chief Petrecca taught Firearms Safety since 2003 and was the Range Master from 2011 until his appointment as Chief. Chief Petrecca was vital in the creation and accreditation process of our Digital Forensic Laboratory, which was the first non-federal digital forensics lab to be accredited in this State.
Chief Petrecca was appointed to serve as the Chief of Detectives on October 19, 2018 by Prosecutor Billhimer. As the Chief of Detectives, Chief Petrecca oversees more than sixty Detectives and Agents under the four major investigative branches: Criminal Investigations, the Litigation, Special Investigations, and the Narcotics Strike Force.
Chief Petrecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University and a Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since 2010, Chief Petrecca has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County College in the area of Public Administration, Homeland Security, and Criminal Justice, and as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the areas of Leadership, Management, Problem Solving, and Strategic Management. Chief Petrecca is also an instructor for the Division of Criminal Justice where he teaches academy recruits in the areas of Firearms, Professional Standards, Corruption, and White-Collar Crimes. Chief Petrecca is a member of the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Petrecca resides in Ocean County with his wife and their two children.